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Thorough tests of all things ATV. ATV tests of latest models, epic builds for racing, or just stock riding on the weekend. Our reviews give a comprehensive analysis of parts, performance, and price. We’ll give you the inside scoop on all you need to know about your favorite machines.

1985 HONDA 250R 4-WHEELER

-- Converting a ATC250R into a quad -- FRONT COVER BACK COVER COVER 3 When the 1985 Suzuki Quadracer 250 came out it instantly won our shootout between Honda's ATC250R, Kawasaki's Tecate 250 and Yamaha's Tri-Z250. At that point everyone knew that Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha would have to come out with 250cc, 2-stroke quads too. While waiting a year for that to happen, 3 to 4 wheel conversion kits became available. The Dirt Wheels crew got a hold of one and turned a ATC250R into a quad. Below is the full…

1984 HONDA ATC250R FIRST TEST

-- High-performance 2-stroke 3-wheeler -- There it was on the front cover of our April 1984 issue, Honda's big bad ATC250R, back when it was still air-cooled. So, what did the Dirt Wheels test crew think of this machine back then? Well, read the original test below as it first appeared to the world 35 years ago. . . .

PROJECT YAMAHA YFZ450R

-- Building a pro level WORCS race quad -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Pat Carrigan Logan Huff has dominated his Pro-Am ATV class competition in the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) for the last two years. He landed his second Pro-Am championship in 2018 and made his Pro class debut at the first round of WORCS in Primm, Nevada. Huff decided to make his first WORCS Pro showing on a fresh Yamaha YFZ450R build. We got to catch up with him and cover this build the day before he shifted his YFZ into…

RAPTOR 700 vs. OUTLANDER 800

-- How do these machines compare out on the trail? -- Can a big 4x4 quad hang with a fast sport quad through the woods? Can a fast sport quad run with a big 4x4 quad through mud and water? The Dirt Wheels crew set out to answer those questions in this sport versus 4x4 comparison. Although the shootout took place in our June 2011 issue, the information and results still holds true today. GET YOUR $25 GIFT CARD HERE> https://hi-torque.com/product/dirt-wheels-holiday/ . . .

AN ATV THAT RIDES ON WATER

-- First test of the wild new Sherp ATV -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels There are a lot of firsts going on here for us: first time in a Russian off-road machine, first time with 63-inch tires and first time we truly understood the concept of letting nothing stand in our way. The letters “ATV” have become a name or a model designation, but they are actually an acronym for “all-terrain vehicle.” If we are totally accurate, most all-terrain vehicles are really multi-terrain vehicles, and most ATVs actually perform better…

USED 4×4 ATV BUYER’S GUIDE

-- Comparing the best models from the previous decade -- Not everyone has a ton a money to go out and buy a new quad. We understand that many people rely on finding good deals on used ATVs. That's why we like to provide them with info on models that are a few years older.  If you're in the market for a mid to big size 4x4 quad you'll certainly find a good price on a 2007 model. Without many hours on the clock it should still have many miles left. So, of the machines from 12 years ago, which one would suit you the best?…

2019 CAN-AM RENEGADE X xc 1000R

-- Testing the fastest 4x4 around -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels By now you may be thinking to yourself, “Really? Another 2019 Can-Am quad test? That’s three in a row!” Or, you could be entirely too stoked about reading up on their impressive machines. Either way, this Can-Am, isn’t just “another one.” The Renegade X xc 1000R is in a league of its own! This is hands down the Canadian company’s most impressive and powerful ATV to the point of absurdity. Do we really need 91 horsepower in a quad? Well, no. But do we…

TURBOCHARGED BANSHEE

-- 130 Horsepower, fastest quad we've ever ridden -- Is it possible to turbocharge a 2-stroke? Yes indeed, as long as the turbo is mounted after the cones to the expansion chamber exhaust. Therefore they can still allow the exhaust waves to bounce back and forth to keep fresh intake from flowing out the exhaust port. Not only was this Banshee turbocharged, it also had a fuel-injection system installed. Is this something new for 2-strokes? No, it was 19 years ago when we tested this machine. Below you can read this "Blast…

2003 QUAD SHOOTOUT

-- Raptor, Banshee, Z400, DS650 & Cannondale 440 -- Since the first issue of Dirt Wheels back in 1980, the editors and test crew have done shootouts to see which ATV is best. We did that again in the January 2003 issue. At that time the five fastest machines were Yamaha's Raptor and Banshee, Suzuki's Z400, Bombardier's DS650 (Can-Am) and Cannondale's 440. So, how did each one rate for power, handling and suspension? Well, you can find out by reading the article below as it originally appeared.…

POLARIS SCRAMBLER 850 4×4

-- Testing the new breed of sport quads --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels…  Most sport quad manufacturers have taken our pride and joys off of their assembly lines. In fact, only Yamaha currently produces traditional sport quads with manual transmissions and solid rear axles. The days of sliding corners on a variety of brand-new sport 450s are disappearing, and a new breed of sport quad has come to take the spotlight. Polaris calls their Scrambler a “sport performance ATV,” and, honestly, we don’t feel they are wrong.…

2019 ATC363R TWO-STROKE

-- A new three-wheeler you can buy today from TPC -- the staff of Dirt Wheels Action photos by Ashley Calvo Bill Casey is a man that simply couldn’t settle for riding four-wheeled machines. He started out on motorcycles in 1976, but traded with his friend who owned a Honda ATC, and the rest was history for him. Three wheels has always been his passion, and that extended into creating TPC Trikes. Casey founded his company in 1998. He concentrated on vintage ATC restorations, modifications and repairs. However, the…

SHOOTOUT OF THE CENTURY

-- 1999 HONDA 400EX vs. 1989 250R -- When Honda came out with its TRX250R in 1986, the ATV world became a much better place. It wasn't long before  this two-stroke machine became known as the best high-performance quad ever made. Life was good for quad riders for four years, and then the bad news came. Honda announced that the 1989 model would be the last 250R  it would sell. For the next 10 years we all waited for Honda to introduce a new replacement for the 250R. Everyone was growing impatient and then the news finally…